Happy New Year!

First of all, I would like to wish you a very happy and prosperous new year. May Allah pour upon all of us His blessings and bounties and forgive all of our wrongdoings and misconduct. Aameen

The Holy Quran describes the Sun and the Moon as means of reckoning for human being. Although Islam advises to use lunar calendar for all its religious applications, it also endorses the solar method in the calculation of the fourth dimension. For instance, the Holy Quran used both solar and lunar calendar to describe a historical episode. According to that account the Hibernation of The Seven Sleepers’ in the Cave lasted 300 solar years that is 309 years in the lunar calendar.

“They did stay in their Cave for three hundred years and add nine.” (Surat al-Kahf, 25)
We see here wonderful description of the Holy Qur’an as it does not directly state 309 years but 300 plus 9!

A solar year consists 365.242217 days while a lunar year 354.36768 days, having a difference of 10.874537 days. Thus 100 solar years is equivalent to 103 lunar years. So to determine the equivalent of 300 solar years in terms of lunar years, we need to add on 9 more years – just as in the verse!!!The precision in the description of difference between these two methods can be cited as a clear proof for its authenticity and a miracle of the beloved messenger (PBUH).

Here, you can see my previous post on the importance of lunar calendar https://baqavi.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/moon-sighting-and-lunar-calendar/

Special Prayers

Shikh Abdul Hameed Muhammed Ali Al Quds , a famous Shafi Scholar and Formerly  Teacher at the Holy Mosque ,Makkah,  mentions in his book ‘ Kanz Najhi wa Suroor’ special prayers at the beginning of a new year.  It reads as follows:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ، الحمد لله رب العالمين ،( اللهم) صل على سيدنا محمد صلاة تملأ خزائن الله نورا ، وتكون لنا وللمؤمنين فرجا وفرحا وسرورا ، وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم تسليما كثير ،( اللهم) أنت الأبدي القديم الأول ، وعلى فضلك العظيم وكريم جودك العميم المعوّل ، وهذا عام جديد قد أقبل أسألك العصمة فيه من الشيطان وأوليائه والعون على هذه النفس الأمارة بالسوء ، والاشتغال بما يقربني إليك زلفى يا ذا الجلال والإكرام ، وصلى الله تعالى على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم ) يقرؤه ثلاثا.

May Allah protect all of us from Satan and his assistants and help all of us against the evil inspiring selves.  May Allah make each day of the year closer to Him than the day before and join us with His closest servants. Aameen


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  1. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah. I cant understand how the Quranic comment on the duration of the life of the People of ‘Kahf’ is a miracle. Because many exigets of Quran say that it is the comment of the Jews
    حدثنا بشر، قال: ثنا يزيد، قال: ثنا سعيد، عن قتادة، قوله: { وَلَبِثُوا فِـي كَهْفِهِمْ ثلاثَ مِئَةٍ سِنِـينَ وَازْدَادُوا تِسْعاً } هذا قول أهل الكتاب، فردّه الله علـيهم فقال: { قُلِ اللّهُ أعْلَـمُ بِـمَا لَبِثُوا لَهُ غَيْبُ السَّمَواتِ والأرْضِ }.

    I think it demands some explanation

    • Wa Alaikumusslam WR WB. The view suggesting it as a quote from Jews was rejected by the great exegetes of the Holy Quran. Moreover, what I said a miracle is that very special expression in the description of 309 years, in addition to other miraculous features of the Divine Revelation. Thanks a lot for your sincere dissent. : )

  2. assalamu alaikum… I extend my hearty congratulations for this valuable article which gives a clear sketch of how the deviant sects try to mislead the community even among the intellectual sphere.. Only those who go through with those texts in depth can undestand this heinous attempts. May Almighty bless u.

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